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See detailIncretins as a novel therapeutic strategy in patients with diabetes and heart failure.
Khan, M. A.; Deaton, C.; Rutter, M. K. et al

in Heart failure reviews (2013), 18(2), 141-8

Heart failure (HF) and diabetes mellitus (DM) commonly co-exist, with a prevalence of DM of up to 40 % in HF patients. Treatment of DM in patients with HF is challenging since many of the contemporary ... [more ▼]

Heart failure (HF) and diabetes mellitus (DM) commonly co-exist, with a prevalence of DM of up to 40 % in HF patients. Treatment of DM in patients with HF is challenging since many of the contemporary therapies used for the treatment of DM are either contraindicated in HF or are limited in their use due to the high prevalence of co-morbidities such as significant renal dysfunction. This article presents an overview of the physiology of the incretin system and how it can be targeted therapeutically, highlighting implications for the management of patients with DM and HF. Receptors for the incretin glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) are expressed throughout the cardiovascular system and the myocardium and are up-regulated in HF. GLP-1 therapy improves cardiac function in animal models of HF through augmented glucose uptake in the myocardium mediated through a p38 MAP kinase pathway. Small clinical studies have shown that GLP-1 improves ejection fraction, reduces BNP levels and enhances functional capacity in patients with chronic HF. A number of randomized controlled trials are currently underway to define the utility of targeting the incretin system in HF patients with DM. Incretin-based therapy may represent a novel therapeutic strategy in the treatment of HF patients with diabetes, in particular for their cardioprotective effects independent of those attributable to tight glycemic control. [less ▲]

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See detailAtrial fibrillation in heart failure: an innocent bystander?
Khan, M. A.; Neyses, Ludwig UL; Mamas, M. A.

in Current cardiology reviews (2012), 8(4), 273-80

Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently coexist and each complicates the course of the other. The purpose of this review is to analyse the prognostic impact of AF in patients with HF ... [more ▼]

Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently coexist and each complicates the course of the other. The purpose of this review is to analyse the prognostic impact of AF in patients with HF and assess whether there is an advantage in targeting therapies towards the maintenance of sinus rhythm (SR) in this cohort of patients. The presence of AF in patients with HF has been reported to be independently associated with an increase in mortality in many studies and this increased risk is observed in those with both preserved and impaired LV systolic function. The optimal strategy for targeting AF in patients with HF is unclear but recent randomised controlled studies indicate no significant prognostic advantage associated with a rhythm control strategy as compared to a rate control strategy. A number of small studies have investigated the role of both cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and AF catheter ablation for the maintenance of / conversion to SR in patients with HF with initial promising results although larger randomised controlled studies will need to be performed to define the role of these modalities in the treatment of this cohort and whether preliminary benefits observed in these studies translate to improvements in longer term prognosis. Finally, there has been a focus on modifying the arrhythmogenic atrial substrate and neurohormonal milieu by pharmacological means in order to prevent AF although it remains to be seen whether this approach proves to be efficacious with improvements in clinically relevant outcomes. [less ▲]

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